Diskin admires his close-knit squad

BATLEY Bulldogs boss Matt Diskin has praised his side’s camaraderie during their pre-season training.

Diskin, who paid for the club’s Christmas party at Zucchinis Restaurant on Bradford Road this week, believes their close bond will take them far next season.

“I’ve never come across a group with a better work ethic and the guys really get behind each other, it’s great to see,” said Diskin.

“We have a training weekend scheduled away in North Yorkshire coming up in January but it won’t necessarily be used as a chance for the players to bond because they don’t need it.

“You can see they achieved a lot last season, the morale is so high and it’ll be great for me as a coach to see the lads carry that through to next season.”

The feel-good factor surrounding the club since Diskin took over has also led to an upsurge in sponsorship, something assistant coach Danny Maun has been taking full advantage of.

He has gained sponsorship from several local businesses and as a result the club will have 30 advertising boards surrounding the Mount Pleasant pitch when the club takes on arch-rivals Dewsbury Rams in the Boxing Day derby.

Maun said: “I have always felt the club undersells itself a bit.

“We are at the heart of the town, but now the people of Batley have something they can be really proud of.”

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